John Smoltz, who went into a kind of Operation Shutdown of his own last week (declining to give status reports on his arm), is on a minor league rehab assignment. Saturday night he pitched for the Mississippi Braves. At first I thought this was a hackneyed throwback promotion — just the hats. Well, it’s still kind of hackneyed. Atlanta Braves uniform, Mississippi Braves hat. OK then. I know other teams have done this before — Hideki Matsui has worn his Yankees helmet (only one flap) in the minors — but that doesn’t make it OK.
Mississippi Braves uniforms are pretty much the same as Atlanta Braves uniforms, especially at home. The Mississippi club has “Braves” on the roadies, too, though that’s the only difference. So I can see where they’re coming from in just letting Smoltz take his own gear. But still … just seems a little lazy.
The hat is interesting, too. Does it look a little small? Smoltz tends to wear his lid a little high, but this seems even higher still. In any case, tight caps are bad. They may cause something like this. Oh, wait. — Bryan (bald guys can make bald jokes, right?)